Paintings in Hospitals is back with internationally-renowned art school Central Saint Martins for the sophomore year of our student mental health project, nurturing emergent curating talent to shape the future of arts in health.

As part of Art in Larger Doses project, students from the BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation course at Central Saint Martins were asked to propose an art exhibition that will support the mental wellbeing of student patients at King's College London NHS Health Centre. The proposals were showcased at the Menier Gallery, London, during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2018 (04-10 June 2018).

CSM students taking part in Art in Large Doses, 2017. Photo: Glenn Michael Harper

University raises several unique challenges to students’ mental health and wellbeing. Approximately 29% of students experience clinical levels of psychological distress, associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression and personality disorders. Over the past five years, universities have experienced significant increases in demand for counselling services. In Art in Larger Doses, Saint Martins students will explore ways in which art can support the mental wellbeing of their peers while pushing the boundaries of what is expected of art in care spaces.

One standout exhibition proposal, Bathed in Blue, was selected by patients and staff of King's College London NHS Health Centre. The proposal was realised and the exhibition is now on show at the centre.

'Cyanotype B' by Jess Reeves (left) and '100 Lengths' by Kate Wixley. Part of the Bathed in Blue exhibition, the finale of our Art in Larger Doses project.

Amisha Karia, our Head of Collection, Loans & Programming, said:

After a successful first year of Art in Large Doses, we’re really excited to be supporting the second group of emerging curators from Central Saint Martins and helping to further push the boundaries of what is expected of art in our public health spaces.

Feeling blue is often related to negative emotions but the Bathed in Blue exhibition embraces the colour. Described as 'the colour of interior life' by essayist William H. Gass, the blue artworks selected by the emerging Central Saint Martins curators allow viewers to immerse themselves in the soothing qualities of the deepness of the sea, the pureness of the sky or the fluidity of water.

Find out more about the Bathed in Blue exhibition...